During most of 2013, Whipup.net will hosting a monthly mini-series, each month edited by different crafters and designers. Enjoy!
Introducing Destri from The Mother Huddle :: The theme for this month is Advice For Starting and Growing a Creative Business :: Stop listening to the advice of those that say it can’t be done, and seek the advice of those who are successfully doing what you want to do.
Destri :: The Mother Huddle
Do you feel like you haven’t quite found “your thing”? That burning passion that can be turned into a creative business? It seems to be a sticking point in today’s world. A lot of us don’t know what we’re passionate about, and it’s pretty tough to find fulfilment in our work without knowing.
I could list a dozen books and numerous blogs that are devoted to the topic, but that will just get you thinking about it more. What you really need to find your passion is inspired action. So today I am going to share how I came about mine, and it just might surprise you.
One Easy Way To Finding Your Passion
I hear from so many women that they don’t know what their passion is. I’ve been there. I remember days waking up with nothing to really be excited about. I didn’t go through my day feeling inspired and giddy over an idea I couldn’t wait to work on. I love that I have that now. It makes me a better mom and wife, and I love that my family will know that side of me.
The funny thing is, my creative business didn’t start with a passion. It all started with a need to feel connected, to feel helpful and to feel like I was good at something outside the four walls of my home. I was a bit lost in my new role as a stay-at-home mom, and craved a way to fulfill these needs. I have come to learn most everything we do, we do it to make us feel a certain way. Living and working from our passions is the very essence of this.
Start with how you want to feel
Ask yourself how your ideal creative business would make you feel. Get a pen and piece of paper and start by writing down feelings you thrive on. Here are a few to get you started: helpful, inspirational, fulfilled, connected, proactive, important, joyous, peaceful, affluent, innovative, rebellious, liberated, independent.
From the list, find three that really make you feel good when you assume the feeling.
If you’re having a hard time, think about the years past and what activities and work you have most enjoyed — how did they make you feel? For me, I see times I’ve inspired friends, times I’ve made someone’s life easier, and times I’ve felt like I was really good at something to the point of mastery, as the best feelings.
From that I can find how I want my creative business to make me feel: Inspirational, helpful, and affluent on a topic or skill.
Now go with something you are interested in
I disagree with the notion that you must be passionate about a topic in order for you to be successful. Identify how you want to feel, then connect that with something you are interested in, then get to work, and you instantly have a form of passion.
Don’t get discouraged if you start on one thing, and that thing leads you to another passion. Often times you’ll lose steam on one interest, simply because it was meant to lead you to your ultimate passion. You’ll likely end up finding too many and then have a hard time choosing :). That’s a whole other topic!
Remember the key here is action. And when you are taking action in this way, it’s inspired action. Inspired action will lead you to your passion. Every time.
In case you are curious, The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte was the book that first asked me “how do you want to feel?”. If you are wanting to dive deeper on the subject, she has a new program that is based on the idea that looks fabulous too.
I hope you give this a try and let me know how it works for you. Even stopping to ask yourself how you want a current passion to make you feel can be game changing, and put a little more life into it.
I would love to hear your personal story of struggling to find you passion, or how you came about finding it — please share in the comments!
graphic is from the fabulous Ink Nest (another successful creative business)